Alway’s a highlight for us when visiting Indonesia is to do a fun cooking class in Ubud, Bali. Surrounded by beautiful rice paddies and rain forests Ubud is situated 1.5 hour’s drive from the busy area of Seminyak.
Known as the creative centre of Bali, you’ll find all types of traditional crafts from dance to Hindu temples, artists, cafes, restaurants, cooking classes and much more.
When travelling abroad we always take the opportunity to taste and experience local delicious foods and fresh produce. Ubud is no exception.
Delightful Chef Ketut’s Fun Cooking Class in Ubud Bali
Our story today is about a fun cooking class, located in the serene rice paddies of Ubud and run by the very charismatic renown chef, Ketut. The delightful Ketut worked as a chef for many years and then become a cooking teacher before opening his own cooking school.
The first thing that struck us about Ketut was his very passionate and joyful persona. A chef who loves to share his knowledge and traditional Balinese cooking style. Always smiling we are instantly captured by Ketut’s contagious personality. We knew we were in for a fun day!
Exploring the Wonderful Local Produce at Ubud Markets
It is an early start to our day when we are collected from our hotel and transported to the traditional local ubud markets.
When we pull up to the market it’s buzzing with a hive of activity. Local families and restauranteurs have also made a busy start to the day hustling and bustling through the brightly displayed market stalls and negotiating their purchases for their daily menus. This in itself is a fascinating insight into Balinese culture – a far reach from supermarkets.
There is no shortage of fresh produce on display, everything from meat to freshly caught seafood and locally produced vegetables, aromatic herbs and spices and brightly coloured fruits and flowers and much, much more.
We are given the opportunity to taste both the familiar and more exotic produce which definitely tantalises the tastebuds.
The tour provides a great insight into the local culture and day to day life of the Balinese.
With our senses stimulated by the sights and sounds of the market and a hint of what we can look forward to in our cooking class, we are transported to the site of our cooking class
Cooking Class with Smiling Ketut in Ubud
The next step is to begin our cooking class with the smiling Ketut. To our surprise he teaches our specific cooking class, completely involved in the cooking himself.
From the moment he introduces himself and our cooking programme for the day we are smiling and laughing with his charming approach.
With our own cooking station, we listen and watch carefully as he teaches us his cooking methods and approach to cooking Balinese food.
As result of Ketut’s cooking lessons we have learnt to cook these tasty Balinese dishes:
- Soup Ayam (Chicken Soup)
- Sauce Kacang (Peanut sauce)
- Bumbu Bali (Balinese Spice Paste)
- Sambal Ulek (Spicy Sauce)
- Ayam Bumbu Bali (Balinese Fried Chicken)
- Sate Ayam Sauce Kacang (Chicken Sate with Peanut Sauce)
- Pepes Ikan (Grilled Fish in Banana Leaf)
- Mie Goreng (Fried Noodle)
- Kolak Pisang (Braised Banana Saba in Palm Sugar Gravy)
It is now time to sit together and enjoy the taste sensation of the food we have cooked.
Our day comes to an end, with recipes in hand we’re sure we’ll continue cooking these dishes. It’s an experience that we’ll take back home forever.
Book Your Cooking Class with the Joyful Ketut
Located in Jalan Raya Laplapan area in Ubud, Bali. The programme suits all age groups from families to couples and single travellers.
For a fun experience make your booking here at Ketut’s Balinese Cooking Class.
While visiting Ubud it’s a must do. Ketut will most certainly put a smile on your face.
Finally, thanks for the amazing experience Ketut and the long lasting memory.
In conclusion, don’t eat any breakfast beforehand because the foods aplenty and you won’t need it!
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